Local Woman Chosen to Speak at March on Washington Commemoration - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Local Woman Chosen to Speak at March on Washington Commemoration

Posted:

This week marks the 50 year anniversary of the March on Washington.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr gave his famous "I have a dream " speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Wednesday one North Dakotan gets the chance to speak from those same steps about what's most important to her.

This was the scene Saturday as thousands gathered to commemorate the March on Washington.

Wednesday marks the official fifty-year anniversary.

Standing Rock Sioux and U Mary senior Alayna Eagleshield says she is the only North Dakotan and the only native American invited to speak at the event.

The point was because of what Dr. King and all those leaders did on that day in 1963 was they fought for equality and different things like civic rights act and as we all know the civil rights movement wasn't just for African American people it was for native Americans as well.

Eagleshield says she's not exactly sure "how" she was chosen. She says The King Center sent our informal emails and one thing led to another.

She says she has two minutes to speak about what's important in her life.

I'm just speaking about what means to me which is my language and my culture. I was given instructions to pinpoint one of three freedoms they gave me the option of, the freedom to prosper, the freedom to coexist and the freedom to participate in government and I chose the freedom to prosper because that's what I believe my people are doing, we're prospering in different ways,"

Eagleshield says she's both honored and terrified by the opportunity to speak in Washington, D.C.

I get teary eyed when people tell me my family especially there real excited for me. A lot of people believe that I'll represent us well and I'm thankful for that."

Alayna says her family will be there including here two children including the one you saw in the interview whose name means "Thunder."

She says she was told she will speak between 1 and 1:15 but she's not sure if that's central time.

For more information on the event, you can visit the website www.officialmlkdream50.com

  • PoliticalMore>>

  • History books spark latest Texas classroom battle

    History books spark latest Texas classroom battle

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:22 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:22:39 GMT
    As Texas mulls new history textbooks for its 5-plus million public school students, some academics are decrying lessons they say exaggerate the influence of Christian values on America's Founding Fathers.
    As Texas mulls new history textbooks for its 5-plus million public school students, some academics are decrying lessons they say exaggerate the influence of Christian values on America's Founding Fathers.
  • Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

    Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:13:02 GMT
    President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism after more...
    American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress began debating...
  • Kansas judges question why Democrat kept on ballot

    Kansas judges question why Democrat kept on ballot

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:12 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:12:58 GMT
    Several Kansas Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism Tuesday of a Republican official's decision to keep the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate on the ballot against his wishes as they reviewed a...
    Several Kansas Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism Tuesday about a Republican official's decision to keep the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate on the ballot against his wishes as they reviewed a legal...
Quick Clicks
Closings/Delays
View list
Calendar
What's happening?
Lottery Results
Feeling lucky?
Viewer Photos
Submit yours!
Road Report
Current conditions
TV Listings
See what's on
Gas Prices
Check near you
E-Mail Newsletter
Signup now

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
Powered by WorldNow
General information or questions:
kxinfo@kxnet.com

News:
Bismarck:
Phone: 701-223-9197
News Fax: 701-223-1985

News:
Minot:
Phone: 701-852-2104
News Fax: 701-838-1050
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KXNET. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.